COVID-19 is still plaguing the world so we'll be meeting via Zoom again.
Meeting ID: 426 375 5765
Atlanta radio club / ARES winter field Day (January 29 2PM - JANUARY 30 2PM)
Posted by: Skip K4EAK VP, ARC
1. Winter Field Day occurs from 2:00pm on Saturday to 2:00pm on Sunday. But there is no need to be there for the entire period. If you can only come for an hour or two, please do! Feel free to come by for a while on Saturday afternoon, or Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. We’ll be there.
2. Winter Field Day is sort of a “contest,” so we’ll have at least three different HF stations set up, plus at least one VHF/UHF station, and we’ll need operators to make contacts. Or, feel free to bring your own radio and you can plug into one of the antennas we’ll have set up. Or bring your own antenna that you’ve been meaning to test. Seriously. If you’ve been hankering to play around with your new equipment, this is your chance, especially since we’ll have experts and the necessary test equipment to get you set up and on the air.
3. But the event is more than just a contest. It’s also a way to learn, practice, and prepare for emergency or community service operations. Part of that is just equipment setup, but we’ll also be doing some additional activities. For example, we’ll be sending Winlink “email” messages via HF to other participating clubs. If you’re interested in learning how to do this, you should come by and we can walk you through the process. We’ll also be using D-STAR and other digital modes, even though they won’t count for “points” in the contest. Again, if you’re interested, you should come by.
And that’s also part of the reason we’ll shoot for operating well into the night. Emergency operations often occur for protracted periods during adverse conditions. (I guess this goes without saying, but most emergencies occur during, by definition, “adverse conditions.” 😊 ) For example, while it’s too early to state conditions with any certainty, the current long-range forecast for our area certainly has the prospects of being “adverse”:
This could be really fun. If you’d like to challenge yourself, and operate under conditions that really demonstrate your capabilities, this is your chance.
4. Sweetwater Creek State Park is a great park, with wonderful hikes, along with a wonderful museum and nature center. It looks like there’s also a geocaching course of some type. Feel free to bring your family and they can enjoy the park while you rack up radio time. There are tent sites and yurts available, so if you need overnight accommodations, let us know and we’ll provide details.
5. For dinner on Saturday night, we’re going to be a little eccentric. We’ll have ordinary food available, including BBQ, but since field operations aren’t always as luxurious, we’ll also have MREs available, which are often the provisions provided in such locations. MREs are actually not as bad as you might think (despite the fact that some soldiers say “MRE” does not stand for “meals-ready to eat,” but rather “meals rejected by Ethiopians”). So consider operating through the dinner period on Saturday and treat yourself to one of these delights!
6. For those coming a special "I survived Winter Field Day 2022" t-shirt will be available, a $5.00 donation to help defray costs would be great! Donation jar will be out on the table. Email John Talipsky your size firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Depending on any interest, I'll also do a POTA and/or RaDAR activation on Saturday morning, January 29. RaDAR could be fun, and if an old, fat, decrepit guy with bad knees like me can do it, trust me, anyone can. We could start at the visitor center, hike down to the ruins and back, setting up in a couple places more than 1km apart along the way, and earn ourselves a beautiful Warthog RaDAR certificate. (That may be the first time the words “beautiful” and “warthog” have ever occurred next to each other.) Or, if folks would prefer, we'll just do a regular POTA activation in the camping area. Either way, if that's something you'll show up for, let me know.
Please let us know if you’ll be coming. So we can prepare for the food supplies.
And please feel free to contact us with any questions.
February Meeting (February 3 @ 7 p.m. ET)
Ria Jairam, N2RJ will be presenting on Software Defined Radios (SDR). As we know, the two main functions of a radio are to:
SDR radios perform (just about) all of their functions in software. They are hardware devices, too, but they are computers, not radios. When you want to add or change the functionality of an SDR radio, you add or modify the software.
No hardware changes.
Ria will tell us what SDRs are, how they work and where they should and should not be used. A Q&A will follow her talk.
Ria Jairam, N2RJ is the Division Director of the. Hudson (NY/NJ) Division of the ARRL. She holds an extra class license and lives in New Jersey
Friday Lunches (in person) are Back
(Next: February 4 @ 12:30 PM ET)
Join us at the Mellow Mushroom in Brookhaven for our first Friday lunch get together of 2022. The food is good and the company is better. Everyone is invited.
🗓 January - February Calendar
Event: WinterHeat 2022 Amateur Radio Smplex Event
Date: January, 2022 (All Month)
Event: Monthly Atlanta Radio Club Meeting
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET (0000Z)
Event: ARC Friday Lunch (in person)
Date: Friday, January 7, 14, 21, 28 2022
Time: 12:30 p.m. (1730Z) - 2:00 p.m (1900Z) or thereabouts
Location: Mellow Mushroom Pizza, Brookhaven
Event: Second Sunday ARC Ham License Testing
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022
Time: 12 p.m. ET (1700Z)
Location: DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Administration Building Community Room #227
(Opposite side of building from Downwind Restaurant)
2000 Airport Road, Atlanta, GA 30341
Event: Atlanta Radio Club / ARES Winter Field Day
Start: Saturday, January 29, 2022 2 p.m. ET (1900Z)
End: Sunday, January 30, 2022 2 p.m. ET (1900Z)
Location: Sweetwater Creek State Park
1750 Mount Vernon Road
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
(15 Miles West of Downtown Atlanta)
GPS Coordinates: N 33.753783 | W -084.639000
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2022 Meetings and Events
2021/2022 Leadership Team
President - John Talipsky Jr (N3ACK)
Vice President - Skip Kazmarek (K4EAK)
Secretary and Treasurer - Ade Shamblin (KJ4CUY)
Member at Large - Bill Perkins (KB4KFT)
Member at Large - Rob Osattin (KI4UTY)
Newsletter Editor - Tom Crowley (KT4XN)
Program Director - Rob Osattin (KI4UTY)
Web "master" - Rob Osattin (KI4UTY)
This column is archived.
Previous ARC Meetings can be found on the Previous Programs page
Previous ARC Events and Outings can be found on the Events and Outings page
January Meeting (January 6 @ 7 p.m. ET)
Jeff Hochberg, W4JEW, gave us a fact-filled presentation on DMR. He first gave a brief description of DMR, followed by a definition of terms. Most of the talk was on codeplugs, the configuration files that we have trouble creating and maintaining.
We had a problem recording the talk via zoom but Jeff was able to record most of his presentation so we should have that online within a few days.
Here are links to a few DMR resources that were mentioned during the talk.
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FREE LICENSE EXAM
In-person Second Sunday License Testing at Peachtree-DeKalb Airport (PDK) has resumed!!
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WORKED ALL GEORGIA AWARD
The Atlanta Radio Club, with the support of the Georgia Section of the ARRL, is proud to support the "Worked All Georgia" Award. The WAG Award is open to radio amateurs who can provide proof of two-way radio amateur radio contact with all 159 counties in the state of Georgia. This award is nice complement to the annual Georgia QSO Party, which in fact would be a good time to work on some of those hard-to-get counties. The award is embodied in a nice certificate.
More information can be found here.
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The Atlanta Radio Club (ARC) was founded in March 1911. It is believed to be the longest continually operating club in Georgia (Georgia Tech was founded earlier). With over 100 members, ARC activities include meetings, operating events, training sessions, membership outings, and community service activities in Metro-Atlanta.
The ARC helps operate the Atlanta Hamfestival and owns, operates or supports 11 repeaters around the metro area. In an average month, the club will hold a regular membership meeting, a tech/training session or operating outing, publish the Atlanta Ham newsletter, have 8 lunch outings and host over 20 nets via club repeaters.
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In 2010, Dallas Jones (VK3DJ) from Drysdale, Victoria in Australia visited the United States to meet some friends he met on the air. "During his travels, he visited the Atlanta Radio Club and from all accounts had a great time with the guys."